Basic Anatomy and Physiology of the Respiratory System and the Autonomic Nervous System

  • Karen H. Naifeh


This chapter is designed to provide those readers who have little or no background in physiology, or those who desire a review, with basic knowledge concerning the structure and function of the respiratory system. It is hoped that this chapter will provide a fundamental understanding of respiratory physiology that will form a foundation upon which to integrate the information on various aspects of respiration and behavior presented in later chapters.


Autonomic Nervous System Respiratory System Vagus Nerve Respiratory Muscle Postsynaptic Neuron 
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Further Reading

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karen H. Naifeh
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  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, Langley Porter Psychiatric InstituteUniversity of California Medical CenterSan FranciscoUSA

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